He Will See And Be Satisfied

Jesus' satisfaction in the resurrection is looking out on a great assembly of people from every race and tribe and language and nation who have trusted him and been forgiven and justified. And with tremendous joy he walks among them now and in the ages to come – a people "great" and "strong”. And he divides the spoil of his triumphs with them all. This is what he loves to do. This is his satisfaction. He delights to save.                                           

– John Piper

Behind The Frowning Providence

The last of the central characters to leave the stage is Naomi- perhaps an indication that, all along, the story has been about her life. In this last glimpse of Naomi she is sitting with Boaz’s and Naomi’s son Obed in her arms. He is a ‘handful’ for his once empty-handed grandmother!                            

– Sinclair Ferguson

The White Knight

He is a sun ever-shining; He is manna always falling round the camp; He is a rock in the desert, ever sending out streams of life from His smitten side; the rain of His grace is always dropping; the river of His bounty is ever-flowing, and the well-spring of his love is constantly overflowing.                                                                                          

– Charles Spurgeon,                                                                                                                  describing the favor/goodness of God

Learning To Love The Story Of God

This is where the book of Ruth comes in. It focuses like a microscope on part of the detailed preparation God made in order to fulfill his purposes in redemptive history. Apparently the story of a small and insignificant family, it is actually one of the building blocks in God’s preparatory work as he sovereignly directed history towards the coming of the Savior Jesus Christ.

- Sinclair Ferguson

There But For The Grace Of God...

It is worth noting that, unlike every other section in Judges, none of the characters are named (apart from the priest Phineas, in 20:28). This anonymity is meant to suggest that these men and women stand for all of their “type” in Israel. This is how Levites lived. This is how fathers thought. This is how women were treated. It is a dark picture, which is about to become far darker.

– Tim Keller

Bad Religion

When we simply ignore (either intellectually or psychologically) the parts of God we don’t like, it means we don’t have a God that can ever contradict our deepest desires or say “no” to us. We never wrestle with him. We never let him make demands on us. We can end up worshiping a much more comfortable God, but also a non-existent one.

– Tim Keller

Helpless, Sightless, Glorious!

Of course, there will be objections. Someone will argue that Israel— like Samson— does not deserve Yahweh's help. So what else is new? Those who marshal such objections are frequently those who have little if any sense of their own depravity. And what of the Christian who has stupidly and miserably failed his Lord? Should he not find hope in seeing that being cast down does not mean being cast off? Should he not rejoice that he can call on Yahweh even from Dagon's temple? - Dale Ralph Davis

Samson- The Savior Is Born

 

Yahweh didn’t merely raise up a deliverer who was, as it were, already available; rather, he grew one- from scratch. It is crucial that we see this, lest we think Yahweh’s salvation is always an ad hoc, Band-Aid affair, a piece of divine crisis management instead of a plan that He had in view far in advance. - Dale Ralph Davis

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How The Holy Spirit Rescues Our Prayers

God is so gracious and so sovereign, that He makes groans without words to be understood and to prevail by the work of the Holy Spirit. Even when through the pressures of life, and the accompanying spiritual darkness, we grow helplessly and inarticulately in prayer, God still hears. For confused or even mistaken as we may be, He discerns the voice of the Spirit in our prayers, and He is not confused, even if we are.                                                                 

– J. Ligon Duncan